Lord, if you will… (Matthew 8)

a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “ Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

God can do anything… but he won’t. Jesus never refused to heal anyone, but he did usually point out their faith. The man who needed healing knew that Jesus COULD heal him, only that it was a matter of God’s will. It’s never a matter of what God COULD do for you, only what is in his will. We also know that even as a bad parent only wants what’s best for their child (Matt 7), so too, God’s will is always what’s best for us. Come to Jesus with this kind of attitude… “Lord, if you will, you can…” then if he doesn’t do it, you know it’s not what’s best… if he does, he gets the credit (either way). Follow him, trust him…

About John Harris

χian, Jesus saves. μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα, Pastor at Pleasant Heights, PhD (NT) candidate at Midwestern; forever Texan, μολὼν λαβέ; Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Allons-y
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